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Liberals may sell off public assets to help bankroll infrastructure

The federal government has identified a potential source of cash to help pay for Canada’s mounting infrastructure costs — and it could involve leasing or selling stakes in major public assets such as highways, rail lines, and ports.

A line tucked into last month’s federal budget reveals the Liberals are considering making public assets available to non-government investors, like public pension funds.

The sentence mentions “asset recycling,” a system designed to raise money to help governments bankroll improvements to existing public infrastructure and, possibly, to build new projects....

mark_alfred

Just like Wynne.  No surprise.

josh

epaulo13 wrote:

Liberals may sell off public assets to help bankroll infrastructure

The federal government has identified a potential source of cash to help pay for Canada’s mounting infrastructure costs — and it could involve leasing or selling stakes in major public assets such as highways, rail lines, and ports.

A line tucked into last month’s federal budget reveals the Liberals are considering making public assets available to non-government investors, like public pension funds.

The sentence mentions “asset recycling,” a system designed to raise money to help governments bankroll improvements to existing public infrastructure and, possibly, to build new projects....


Despite the Orwellian euphemism, it's called privatization. And the Liberals in general seem more enthusiastic about it than the Conservatives.

Badriya

josh wrote:
epaulo13 wrote:

Liberals may sell off public assets to help bankroll infrastructure

The federal government has identified a potential source of cash to help pay for Canada’s mounting infrastructure costs — and it could involve leasing or selling stakes in major public assets such as highways, rail lines, and ports.

A line tucked into last month’s federal budget reveals the Liberals are considering making public assets available to non-government investors, like public pension funds.

The sentence mentions “asset recycling,” a system designed to raise money to help governments bankroll improvements to existing public infrastructure and, possibly, to build new projects....

Despite the Orwellian euphemism, it's called privatization. And the Liberals in general seem more enthusiastic about it than the Conservatives.

NDPP

'Liberal' Trudeau Joins Blood-Soaked Race For Arms Deals With Mideast Despots   -  by Finian Cunningham

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/340764-west-trudeau-saudi-arabia-weapons

"Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister who sent liberal hearts aflutter when he was elected in November, with his espousal of feminism among other progressive causes is the latest Western leader to show where real priorities lie.

That Canada's fresh face of 'liberal values', Justin Trudeau, has joined the throng of Western leaders cutting deals with tyrants and dictators, just goes to show how cosmetic Western noble pretensions are..."

 

mark_alfred

Trudeau apologizes in House over misleading remarks on electoral reform delay

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to the House of Commons during question period for remarks he made to the media on Wednesday, alleging that the opposition was not co-operating on electoral reform.

During question period on Thursday, Conservative MP Scott Reid argued that was not the case at all. He said the story Trudeau was telling of opposition delay was "invented and patently false."

Reid said that in the past six months he has only met twice with Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef, briefly, and he added that the same was true for his NDP counterpart.

Trudeau apologized for his misleading remarks, and said, "Mr. Speaker, I apologize through you to the member of the House. We are engaged in many different processes and on the focus of electoral reform —  we know how important it is and how passionately members of this House feel about it, and I look forward to ensuring we get moving on this committee in short order."

mark_alfred

The Globes' Jeffrey Simpson writes a love letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  However, within it he does tearfully gush,

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At some point, the government will have to say “no.” The Prime Minister himself has recognized that when the government makes decisions on energy projects some people will be unhappy.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/our-yes-prime-minister-will-one-d...

Note, it's a protected members' only article, so either pay up or get noscript.

NDPP

 Chrystia Freeland Takes Over Foreign Affairs as Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet (and vid)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberal-government-cabinet-shuffle-2017-...

"Chrystia Freeland has been apppointed Canada's new minister of foreign affairs in Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first major shakeup of his cabinet..."

Russophobes and NATO/Atlanticists will be pleased. Be prepared to cough up even more for the Nazi oligarchy in Ukraine. 

NDPP

Canada's New Foreign Affairs Minister is on 2014 Russia Travel Ban List  -  by Roger Annis

https://www.newcoldwar.org/canadas-new-foreign-affairs-minister-2014-rus...

"Canada's new, right-wing and pro-globalist minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, is one of 13 pro-Ukraine coup extremists who are banned by the Russan government from travel to Russia as of March 2014.

Of the 13 Canadians banned in March 2014, seven were ministers and other elected members of Parliament of the Conservatives, two were advisors to Harper and three were opposition MPs - Irwin Cotler and Chrystia Freeland from the Liberal Party and Paul Dewar from the New Democratic Party. The 13th person is Paul Grod, president of the extreme-right Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Freeland has written frequent anti-Russia screeds in support of the Ukrainian government. As part of the cabinet shuffle which assigned Freeland to foreign affairs, she will retain responsibility for existing trade agreements with the United States, including the 1994 NAFTA.

A lengthy article on Chrystia Freeland's past business and political career was published by Moscow-based writer John Helmer in November 2015. Her meetings with Donald Trump or his billionaire cabinet members should be interesting. She is a vociferous proponent in favour of expanded, unfettered globalized capitalism, so-called free trade."

Speaking of Canada, Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said last year "Russia was stunned by the absence of pragmatism as Canada followed the blatant interests of the Ukrainian diaspora ignoring Canada's national interest." * 

CBC: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov Reaches Out to Trudeau Government (Jan, 2016)  

Perhaps it's because our banana republic's politicians are so well trained by 'The Lobby' of the other ultranationalists that tell us what our foreign policy is to be. (Mazel Tov!)

NDPP

Ottawa's New Foreign Minister is 'Catastrophe' For Canada-Russia Relations (and podcast)

http://sptnkne.ws/dpMy

"The appointment of Chrystia Freeland is a 'catastrophe' for Canada's relations with Russia, historian Michael J Carley told Radio Sputnik.

NDPP

Justin Trudeau Promised Changes to Draconian Bill C-51. We're Still Waiting

http://buff.ly/2jeAMgA

Sean in Ottawa

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Justin Trudeau Promised Changes to Draconian Bill C-51. We're Still Waiting

http://buff.ly/2jeAMgA

Don't worry all will be well. They will change the name to something like Sunny Ways Security Act or something like that.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I understand that there are numerous lacunas in the legislation that he has ordered removed. 

Martin N.

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Ottawa's New Foreign Minister is 'Catastrophe' For Canada-Russia Relations (and podcast)

http://sptnkne.ws/dpMy

"The appointment of Chrystia Freeland is a 'catastrophe' for Canada's relations with Russia, historian Michael J Carley told Radio Sputnik.


It looks like Freeland will be a catastrophe for the Russians, the Canadians, not so much. Vladimir and his chums must be using old Soviet propaganda manuals.

sherpa-finn

Justin was in town today, doing his populist - and apparently popular - shtick down at the local arena. 

NDPP

Martin N. wrote:
NDPP wrote:

Ottawa's New Foreign Minister is 'Catastrophe' For Canada-Russia Relations (and podcast)

http://sptnkne.ws/dpMy

"The appointment of Chrystia Freeland is a 'catastrophe' for Canada's relations with Russia, historian Michael J Carley told Radio Sputnik.

It looks like Freeland will be a catastrophe for the Russians, the Canadians, not so much.

Better do some research about Ukrainian fascism and Canadian support. And  about what CETA means. And just wait till you see what  'renegotiating' NAFTA may bring. 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Martin N. wrote:
NDPP wrote:

Ottawa's New Foreign Minister is 'Catastrophe' For Canada-Russia Relations (and podcast)

http://sptnkne.ws/dpMy

"The appointment of Chrystia Freeland is a 'catastrophe' for Canada's relations with Russia, historian Michael J Carley told Radio Sputnik.

It looks like Freeland will be a catastrophe for the Russians, the Canadians, not so much. Vladimir and his chums must be using old Soviet propaganda manuals.

So maybe you could elaborate on how she will cause a catastrophe for Russia. Is she going to declare war? Is she going to increase sanctions on Russia until we all drink Polish vodka? What actual things to you think she can to to harm your mortal enemy?

NDPP

Actually, it will be Ukrainian vodka. A special section of the Canada/Ukraine Free Trade agreement, specifically favours this. And wouldn't you know it, a member of the Canada's Ukronazi lobby (UCC) just happens to own a piece of a  company set up to profit from precisely this.

More on Freeland here:

Canada Plays Hillary Clinton Card At Russia. Kremlin Suspects Putsch Against Justin Trudeau

http://russia-insider.com/en/chrystia-freeland-body-double-canada-plays-...

"Freeland says she had a 'long coversation' with Vladimir Putin at APEC summit last fall...The Kremlin records no such conversation took place, a spokesman for the president adding: 'Vladimir Putin did not have a meeting with Freeland."

sherpa-finn

Applying the old jiujistu principle about how to use an opponent's strength and momentum against him, two young women in Halifax baited Justin with a selfie opportunity on Monday and then ... wham!  

Will the selfie ever be safe again!

http://globalnews.ca/news/3188872/dalhousie-students-surprise-trudeau-du...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

sherpa-finn wrote:

Applying the old jiujistu principle about how to use an opponent's strength and momentum against him, two young women in Halifax baited Justin with a selfie opportunity on Monday and then ... wham!  

Will the selfie ever be safe again!

http://globalnews.ca/news/3188872/dalhousie-students-surprise-trudeau-du...

He has his indigenous rights line down pat. To paraphrase; they do not speak with one voice so I can ignore the voices that business tells me to.

jjuares

"In Dartmouth, N.S., Monday, Justin Trudeau said that because his maternal grandfather was born in Scotland, he understands the immigrant experience"
The grandfather moved from Scotland to Canada at the age of 3 in 19011.
I was at a meeting last night where an immigrant brought this up and discussed the idiocy of Trudeau's comment. Afterwards I thought it about not so much as idiocy but arrogance. When you have an individual who believes that a large number of issues and challenges in the country can be seen through the prism of their own life and finds the most trivial connections to reinforce this you have a serious problem. It really is a most artificial type of empathy.

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/search/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/n...

NDPP

Justin Trudeau's Falling Star, Chrystia Freeland's Rising Missile (podcast)

http://johnhelmer.net/?p=17019

Gorilla Radio's Chris Cook in conversation with longtime Moscow correspondent John Helmer on Chrystia Freeland.

"Leave aside the ideology, leave aside the issues, leave aside the big policy politics: There's one thing you don't do when you make a Foreign Minister your country's representative - you don't put a liar in the job..."

*Must Hear!

josh

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There's one thing you don't do when you make a Foreign Minister your country's representative - you don't put a liar in the job..."

 

I thought that was a job qualification.

NDPP

Canada Apppoints Anti-Russia Hawk as Foreign Minister

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/01/19/cana-j19.html

"...Ukraine's state-run Ukrinform website responded to Freeland's appointment as foreign minister with an article titled 'Our Woman In The Canadian Government.'

 

iyraste1313

I thought that was a job qualification....

congratulations for this...surely Trudeau himself must win the prize...

this  elite conflict has fascinating consequences...will Canada be forced to gradually distance itself from the empire or be forced to submit...but with Freeland as powerful foreign affairs Minister?

Politics in Canada is destined to get very interesting!

Curious to know how are fawning political left? will respond....

NDPP

Chrystia Freeland: Kiev's Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa   -  by Michael Jabara Carley, Prof of History, University of Montreal

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/01/23/chrystia-freeland-kiev-...

"Freeland's poisonous hyperbole has metastasised across the web. She considers herself one of 'Ukraine's democrats'. What are we going to do in Canada with a minister of foreign affairs who is not first and foremost a Canadian? What interests and what agenda is Freeland, the Ukrainian 'democrat' going to serve? 

Is she going to serve the Kiev junta's agenda in Ottawa? It sounds like it..."

NDPP

Justin Trudeau Must Be Willing To Walk Away From Trump's NAFTA: Walkom

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/01/27/justin-trudeau-mus...

"...Trudeau enters these negotiations not as a partner but as a supplicant."

 

What Will Trump Target in a NAFTA Renegotiation?

http://behindthenumbers.ca/2017/01/24/will-trump-target-nafta-renegotiat...

"NAFTA termination would obviously be disruptive for Canada-US trade, but so could a revamped NAFTA that puts 'America First' on Trump's terms."

Sean in Ottawa

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Justin Trudeau Must Be Willing To Walk Away From Trump's NAFTA: Walkom

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/01/27/justin-trudeau-mus...

"...Trudeau enters these negotiations not as a partner but as a supplicant."

 

What Will Trump Target in a NAFTA Renegotiation?

http://behindthenumbers.ca/2017/01/24/will-trump-target-nafta-renegotiat...

"NAFTA termination would obviously be disruptive for Canada-US trade, but so could a revamped NAFTA that puts 'America First' on Trump's terms."

This is the point -- both directions will hurt. We have to accept this in order to make the correct decisions. Leaving NAFTA will hurt but it may hurt less than staying in -- that is the impression I am getting.

NDPP

Me too.

josh
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Justin Trudeau’s giant corporate giveaway

While prime minister Justin Trudeau flogged our public assets last week, he had a soothing message: rest assured, we’ll be well-served by the private sector. Bankers and billionaires lined up to sound a note of confidence. “I think it’s unprecedented,” exclaimed Canada’s top business lobbyist John Manley. “A once-in-a-generation opportunity,” enthused Trudeau’s economic advisory council.

These corporate figures are rubbing their hands because Trudeau is about to put one of our great crises in their hands: the need for historic investment in the country’s infrastructure, for so long the domain of the state.

No one will deny the urgency. Roads and bridges are crumbling and congested with traffic. Subways and buses overcrowded and underfunded. We need a roll-out of emissions-reducing initiatives to avert catastrophic climate change, and a build-up of defences to protect ourselves from floods and fires already locked in.

But many will question the Liberals plan to deal with it: selling off existing public assets to raise money, and having private investors fund, build and operate new infrastructure. If they get their way, expect a wave of privatizations—targeting public services and goods like roads, ports, airports, utilities, the post office, and more. According to Adam Vaughan, one of its Liberal architects, there simply isn’t an alternative: “to be afraid of the private sector when you’re trying to fix this country’s infrastructure is shortsighted…stupid, irresponsible.”

eta:

By responsible and far-sighted, does Vaughan mean the result of past Canadian experiments in privatization? Unsafely constructed schools. Packed, dangerous prisons. Water treatment systems flooded with sewage. Super hospitals built with faulty wiring in emergency rooms. Senior care homes over-run with inedible food and filth.....

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He's unified Canadian parties with his condemnation. Including the PQ,where Bernard Drainville,the man who hatched the Quebec values idea,praised Trudeau on Twitter. The NDP also support him. But take a wild guess who's remaining silent. Only Michael Chong shared a comment where he expressed disapproval, saying the ban would not be looked on favourably by one of the most beloved Republican presidents in American history. What a deluded fuckwit.

The current right wing is making it clear that it is now a radical insurgency across the globe. Fascism is on its way.

 

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/canadian-leaders-denounce-trump-s-travel-ban-...

 

Sean in Ottawa

He's unified Canadian parties with his condemnation. Including the PQ,where Bernard Drainville,the man who hatched the Quebec values idea,praised Trudeau on Twitter. The NDP also support him. But take a wild guess who's remaining silent. Only Michael Chong shared a comment where he expressed disapproval, saying the ban would not be looked on favourably by one of the most beloved Republican presidents in American history. What a deluded fuckwit.

The current right wing is making it clear that it is now a radical insurgency across the globe. Fascism is on its way.

 

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/canadian-leaders-denounce-trump-s-travel-ban-...

 

I am confused by your post -- Chong is a Conservative. Are you criticizing him or saying he is the only reasonable one? I think I follow you but this not the best worded comment.

You say Trudeau united Canada -- well in words perhaps but not any action I can identify.

Trudeau is saying that those people can come here but he has made no statement to make that true. Is he increasing the number of refugees? Are we going to take anyone refused by the US? (That would mean unlimited numbers from those countries so that cannot be true.) Is Trudeau increasing the refugee numbers after having just reduced government supported refugees below the last few years' average? Is Trudeau planning to add resources to refugee programs?

No, he tweets and his words so far appear empty.

Canada needs a PM who is about more than rhetoric. His words are always lovely but we are past a simple requirement for words. We need both answers and action.